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Oklahoma Highlights and Stories

2010 Oklahoma Highlights and Stories

NRCS Chief White Stops in Drummond, Okla. to Dedicate Nation’s First American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Watershed Project

Chief White talks about Oklahoma’s partnerships.

As part of his Oklahoma tour, Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief Dave White was welcomed heartily at the fire station in Drummond, Okla., on April 20, 2010, to help dedicate the first upstream flood-control dam in the nation to be constructed with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds.


NRCS Chief White Visits Oklahoma to Celebrate 75 Years

Lt. Governor Jari Askins presents NRCS Chief Dave White with a proclamation.

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Chief Dave White visited Oklahoma Monday, April 19, 2010 to help celebrate the 75 year anniversary of the NRCS. In the Blue Room at the capitol in Oklahoma City, Lt. Governor Jari Askins presented, on behalf of Governor Brad Henry, a proclamation to Chief White from the State of Oklahoma declaring April 19, 2010 Natural Resources Conservation Service Day.


Conservation Outreach Meeting Huge Success in Northeast Oklahoma

John R. Ballard, Chief of the Ottawa Tribe of Oklahoma and NRCS Soil Conservation Technician Leota Burnett, Ottawa County, listen to a presentation.

The Oklahoma Tribal Conservation Advisory Council (OTCAC) held a successful conservation informational meeting that discussed numerous funding opportunities for local farmers, ranchers, Tribes and tribal landowners in Northeast Oklahoma. Valuable information was provided to attendees on the new Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), USDA Farm Bill programs and program opportunities from other federal and state agencies.


High Tunnel Houses in Practice

This high tunnel was built by hand from reclaimed oil field materials.

Steve Upson, horticulturalist with the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, lifts the door off the hinges April 1, 2010, as he explains to the 26 Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and conservation district employees, what he feels is the most important part of the high tunnel structure when used in Oklahoma. Upson says the strength of the end wall will be paramount to the durability of the portable structures.


Prescribed Burn Training

Describing the plan to his classmates, Soil Conservationist Charles Rogers points to the boundary where his team will place extra people to help keep an eye on the fire.

Where there is smoke there . . . are small animals running out of the path of the fire. Three bald eagles hovered overhead as Larry Andrews and his crew started the back fire that would act as one of the breaks in vegetation that would help keep his prescribed fire contained to the 40 acres he intended to burn March 17, 2010.


Women In Agriculture Conference a Success

Participants stayed over time to hear marketing ideas from Dr. Lynn Brandenberger.

“I don’t like to go places and when asked what a person does the person responds, “Oh, I am just a farmer. There is a small percentage of people in the US who need a lawyer, another percentage will need an accountant, everyone needs a farmer,” said newly appointed Oklahoma Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Francie Tolle. Tolle spoke to a crowd of nearly 200 about her experiences as a woman in agriculture at the Women in Agriculture (WIA) conference hosted by Kay and Noble counties, on the Northern Oklahoma College campus in Tonkawa February 11, 2010.


Norman Hosts Annual No-Till Conference

A business owner takes notes during a session at the state no-till conference.

Over 230 producers attended the 2010 Oklahoma No-till conference in Norman February 8-9. No-till farming is increasing in awareness across the state as more and more farmers turn to methods that help to retain moisture in the challenging Oklahoma conditions as well as help produce a higher yielding crop.